Report: Suns fire Coach Earl Watson after 0-3 start
NBA.com Global on Oct 23, 2017 07:44 AM
Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson reacts to a call during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
NBA.com staff report
Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson has been fired by the team after the team's 0-3 start according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2017
Suns owner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough meeting with assistant coaches now, sources tell ESPN. Jay Triano likely interim coach.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 22, 2017
The Suns lost by 30 or points in two of those games, as the franchise is in the midst of a rebuild centering around developing young players such as Devin Booker and rookie Josh Jackson.
The Suns have averaged 98 points per game while giving up 128.7 to start the season.
Per Elias, the Suns making a coaching change just three games into the season is tied for the second-earliest coaching change in NBA history
Fewest games into a season before a head coaching change:
1971-72: Buffalo Braves fired Dolph Schayes after 1 game.
2017-18: Phoenix Suns fired Earl Watson after 3 games.
1952-53: Baltimore Bullets fired Chick Reiser after 3 games.